What are the best vitamins for energy?
We need an appropriate balance of all vitamins and minerals for good health, well-being and energy. However, particular nutrient deficiencies are associated with reduced energy and chronic tiredness. Both B vitamins and iron are the best nutrients for energy support.
B Vitamins for Energy Support
B vitamins play a vital role in cell metabolism and the formation of red blood cells. They also help your body to use and create energy from the foods you eat.
“Research has clearly shown that B vitamins, like vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, thiamine and niacin support the energy metabolism process,” says Andrew Shao, PhD, from the Council for Responsible Nutrition.
B vitamins affect how the body processes the nutrients we eat and how it converts them into energy. Symptoms of B vitamin deficiency include: fatigue, anemia, weakness, memory loss, and digestive problems.
Iron for Energy Support
Iron can also be an important mineral in energy support. Iron helps your body get oxygen through the bloodstream. Without iron, fewer red blood cells can be made, which causes anemia. Without healthy red blood cells, your body can't get enough oxygen.
"If you're not getting sufficient oxygen in the body, you're going to become fatigued," says Paul Thomas, EdD, RD, a scientific consultant to the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements.
That exhaustion can affect everything from your brain function to your immune system's ability to fight off infections. Common symptoms of an iron deficiency include: fatigue, dizziness, moodiness, headaches and paleness, along with other symptoms.
According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, low iron is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States. Almost 10% of women are iron deficient.
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